OK I think I see the problem. Your winblows machines are on a different network to the FBSD machine. Change FBSD to 192.168.0.7 and all should be just fine.
Very cool Luke; this worked and my FBSD box now can ping my Windoz boxes and vice versa.
There is no route to host for the other machines because as far as FBSD is concerned the other machines should be on a different wire.
So that third node on the IP addr represents what, the switch? IOW you're saying since all the other boxes on the LAN are 192.168.0.nnn the FBSD box needed to be as well? I probably should've noticed the inconsistency myself and realized that might not be the right thing.
> >in your rc.conf > > > >firewall_enable="yes"
the above was a typo on my part. should have been enable="no".
Heh, glad you reminded me. I'd been doing
#ipfw disable firewall
after rebooting to get around the permission denied thing. :) Funny the stuff beginners do. I also have now been able to read and write to the same floppy on both a windoz box and the fbsd box so at least have some small semblance of communications going.
Nevertheless I think once you re-ip you will be pinging away quite nicely.
Thanks again. Now, could you give me an idea of the next step, i.e. how do I go about setting up shares, or if this is the easiest I'd be quite happy just being able to telnet into the fbsd box. I now get "connection refused" when trying to telnet into fbsd from a windoz box but of course that's probably to be expected cuz I don't know what preparation is needed on the fbsd box.
Just to give an overview of my network, three of my four windoz boxes all run vnc (fm. ATT England) at startup allowing me to do the equivalent sort of running vncviewer into them from my fourth box.
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